High School Application Process
High schools within Cincinnati Public Schools now serve grades 7-12 (starting with 2013-14 school year). This 7-12 grade configuration allows students to begin high school-level work earlier, gain skills faster in demanding subjects such as math and science, and earn high school credits sooner.
CPS does not assign students to high schools based on home addresses. Students may select from among all CPS high schools.(Some have entrance requirements that must be met.)
Students entering high school at grades 7, 8 and 9 apply to high schools via CPS' online application process, with most seats assigned by lottery.
For the 2015-16 school year, the online High School Application Period is February 17-27, 2015.
Online high school applications will continue to be accepted after February 27 into Spring 2015; however, waiting until after February 27 to submit high school applications is not recommended because students then have far less chance of getting into their first-choice high schools.
Apply online to high school via PowerSchool
Non-CPS parents who live within CPS' district's boundaries and have children attending private or charter schools in grades 6, 7 and 8 may apply to CPS' high schools by coming to CPS' Customer Help Center at the Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, Corryville (45219). A CPS-network computer must be used to file an online high school application for grades 7, 8 and 9.
Applying to High School for Grades 7, 8 and 9 via Online Lottery
Applications for grades 7, 8 and 9 are not accepted at the high schools; they must be submitted online, and most seats are awarded through a lottery system. (Exception: Students now attending grade 7-12 CPS high schools who want to change high schools should apply in person at the high schools they select.)
High school applications can be submitted one of two ways.
- Parents of current CPS students -- Submit applications from any Internet-connected computer via Powerschool. Computers are available for parents' use at all CPS schools. (Call the school for office hours.)
- CPS students currently in grades 6, 7 and 8 (from CPS K-6 and K-8 schools) -- Submit applications at their current CPS schools using school computers.
How the Lottery Works
- CPS parents enter the high school lottery via Powerschool on the CPS Website, using any Internet-connected computer. Students entering the lottery on school computers will enter applications via a different portal; staff will assist students. Parents of non-CPS students must use CPS-networked computers.
- Select one high school as a top choice, then list four other high school choices in order of preference (in case the top choice is filled).
- Sibling preference applies only to a student's first-choice high school. This means a student will be given priority over other students to enter a sibling's high school. The sibling must currently attend the student's first-choice high school in grades 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11, and must live at the same address.
- Starting March 2014, applications to the lottery will be processed in random order by computers at CPS' Central Office (to assure that each application received during the application period has an equal chance to be assigned to first-choice schools).
- Parents will be notified by letter, about two weeks after the lottery closes, about high school lottery placement.
Applying to Upper Grades, and Non-CPS (In-district) Students Entering CPS
February 17, 2015, to June 30, 2015
2014-15 Application Form and Information (Non-lottery grades) (Form for 2015-16 will be posted February 2015.)
Upper Grades Transfer: CPS Students (current 7th- to 11th-graders)
Parents of CPS' students now attending a grade 7-12 high school who want to change high schools in the upper grades should apply in person at the high schools they select. Students now attending a grade K-8 CPS school who want to change schools at grades 7, 8 and 9 must apply via the online application process (lottery).
Non-CPS Students (currently attending private or charter schools)
Students who live within CPS' district boundareis and who now do not attend Cincinnati Public Schools (attending private or charter schools) are welcome to apply to enter CPS' high schools. Applying early is important.
6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders
- Parents of non-CPS students now in grades 6, 7 and 8 interested in CPS' high schools should come to the Customer Help Center at CPS' Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, Corryville (45219). A CPS-network computer must be used to file a high school application for non-CPS students entering grades 7, 8 and 9.
9th-, 10th- and 11th-graders
- Parents of non-CPS students who live within CPS' district boundaries and who want to enroll students into CPS' high schools in the upper grades should apply in person at the high schools they select.